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Poverty is one of the biggest determiners of quality of education and access to formal education across the world. Many research studies have found that household income can have a drastic impact on all areas of education, including behavioural, cognitive, and social development in children.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013 revealed startling statistics on the education of children around the world, with the results showing that girls have lower access to education than boys. According to the report, 31 million primary school aged girls are not attending school, with the expectation that 17 million of the girls will never have the opportunity to be formally educated.

It’s not just the future of the girls that are impacted by the sheer volume of women not in school, but society overall. Poor levels of education in girls can lead to multiple generations suffering from poor nutrition, an increased number of child deaths, and an inability to find jobs and support a family.
While primary and secondary education is of great importance in changing the lives of the poorest women in the world, providing educational opportunities is rife with challenges…

The Challenges Facing Education

Educating the world’s poorest women involves more than just creating provisions for schooling. The ability for women to be educated depends on a number of additional factors, such as safety when attending school and continued attendance in the face of challenges like child marriage. The infrastructure for schools also has to be constructed and remain stable in fragile environments.
For education to be of the greatest benefit to girls in poorer countries, formal education has to include lessons on life skills and additional skills that can translate to jobs in later life. Development now will lead to improved opportunities for children in the future, and access to better facilities, like jobs and health care.

What Is Being Done to Educate Girls

A good education is the key to stopping the poverty cycle and providing more opportunities to girls from the poorest areas of the world. While the challenge is ongoing, many charities, organisations, and educational leaders are dedicated to providing education to the millions of children out of school, including:

Save the Children is a charity originally formed in the UK, who are dedicated to keeping children from poverty-stricken countries safe and providing them with the opportunity to learn.

Girl Effect works to empower girls around the world, changing their lives by using a combination of mobile technology and media.

Action Aid operate in 27 countries helping to provide education to children. The charity creates clubs and committees to support girls who are not allowed access to education.

Despite the continued efforts to provide education to the world’s poorest women, the number of children without access to education hasn’t seen a drastic change in a decade. In the poorest countries in the world, 59% of children are not in school – a startling difference to the richest countries, where only 6% of children are out of school.

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